“It had a grandeur to it, a ferocity. An elegance. You could be an old woman and do flamenco. I had seen it. You could be ancient and still do it. It wasn’t only for nubile young women. In fact, the older you became, the more you could imbue flamenco with the gravity of your experience. And those nails hitting the floor—they smacked it like horses’ hooves, like castanets. The sound was arresting and declarative. You weren’t pussyfooting around.”
From “Of the Fountain” by Kathleen Winter, recommended by Biblioasis. Read it for free tomorrow in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.
In response to the question by ravenadler about genderqueer books: Annabel, by Kathleen Winter. It's truly one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. "In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of the remote coastal town of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret—the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbor and midwife, Thomasina." Cheers! Few
Oooh! That sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for the recommendation!
Since this post that Janel and I made, a few of you have sent me recommendations for LGBTQIA+ books so I thought I would make a kind of always growing list for people. (In bold are the books I have personally read and can give you details on if you message me). The list is sooooo long, which makes me super happy, and please make sure to message me if I am missing one you love! Also, currently working on adding Goodreads links and genre to all of these to make things easier.
“People are rivers, always ready to move from one state of being into another. It’s not fair, to treat people as if they are finished beings. Everyone is always becoming and unbecoming.” -Kathleen Winter Painting by Paco Pomet
A courageous takatāpui (Māori LGBTQI) activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.
New Zealand’s Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori?
This short documentary utilises English and Te Reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine (woman) fighting to be heard.